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USAGE: "draughts" (was Not YAEPT), and OT: paying for stuff

From:T. A. McLeay <relay@...>
Date:Friday, January 26, 2007, 9:22
On 1/26/07, <li_sasxsek@...> wrote:
> > This word is not common over here (we call the game "checkers"), but > > if it were it would be /dr&fts/. In Rightpondian, does it tend to > > have an /&/ or an /a/ - BAT or BATH? > > Yes, that would be pronounced /dr{fts/ here, but then again it's "checkers" > unless you're referring to beer from a tap, then it would be spelled "drafts".
Now I'm confused. I suppose you're ana American (i.e. leftpondian) and therefore you reply is only agreewing with Mark's description of American English? or are you talking about some northern variant of English/Scottish English? Also, I'm a little confused about where "draught" ends and "draft" begins. In Australia, proofs of a work are "drafts", but the people who make drawings are usually "draughtsmen". Beer on tap and cold breezes through rooms are almost invariably "draughts". The game alternates between being "checkers" and "draughts", with probably "checkers" the more common. Now I kinda assumed this was normal, but is the situation otherwise? (FWIW, in Australia we agree with southern Brits in pronunciation and call them /dra:ft/.) Also, on completely different and unrelated topics, one of my two jobs involves taking money from customers at Ikea and giving them change for purchases. There seems to be some sort of cultural difference here. I get a fair number of tourists, and one thing about them, regardless of what country they come from really annoys me: The way they hand me their money. Most Australians will pay by handing the cashier the money; if the cashier is not ready, the customer will wait until the cashier puts out their hand and hand it to them. The cashier will give them change in exactly the same manner. If the customer needs to count out their money on the counter, the customer will usually pick it up and hand it to the cashier. Parents teaching their children to buy things will say "now give the man the money". Aside from in a rare set of circumstances when this isn't possible, most Australians who *don't* do it like this are generally otherwise pretty rude. Now, a lot of tourists, from just about anywhere, and regardless of how well-mannered they are, will put the money down on the counter, and leave it there. The first few times this happened I left it there—I thought they were just counting it out, or going to grab some more money or something. If I try and put my hand for where they're aiming, they will often change where they're aiming for, so it reaches the counter. Then, they expect me to hand their change back to them in their hands (and get offended if I don't—but surely what's good for the goose is good for the gander). This strikes me, and the others who work with me, as both a rude and annoying habit. Picking up money all day long from a metal counter is *not* fun. Being expected to pick up after someone, and then being expected to treat them otherwise strikes me as both rude and degrading. So really, what I want to know is: Is my assessment of the situation accurate? Is the correct way to pay for something in most other countries to put the money on the counter? or is it just something about being in a foreign country or having been shopping at Ikea that makes them do that? (Also, I wanted to rant about something that's annoyed me for a few years, I hope you don't mind.) -- Tristan.


<li_sasxsek@...>Customs (< USAGE: "draughts")
Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>